Use this Free Mother SVG to create a beautiful gift for Mom
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What words do you use to describe Mom?
When I hear the word Mother, a couple of things come to mind. First are my children and how blessed I am to have them in my life. There’s nothing better than being a mom, in my opinion. Next is the fact that a Mother doesn’t have to be biological. In the dictionary, the definition of mother is this: bring up (a child) with care and affection. So, if you are lucky enough to be called Mother, whether biological or otherwise, you are fortunate indeed. That was the inspiration for this week’s free Mother SVG. I wanted the design to be words that I could build around and inside, the word mother. I think I found some that fit my definition of someone bringing up a child with care and affection.
What will you make with your Free Mother SVG?
I created a tutorial this week using this free mother cut file on a tote bag. I brought the SVG into Design Space, used a couple of my favorite fonts to create my children’s names, resized my design to fit my project then cut it with my Cricut. You can watch the video to see how I did it, or check out the clips below. I’d love to see what you make with this week’s freebie! Don’t forget to come to show it off in our Facebook Group!
Change your colors!
One of my favorite things about crafting is the ability to create gifts to match your decor. So if you’re using this free Mother SVG to create a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day, why not make it fit her style? Maybe tote bags aren’t her thing. So instead, why not make her a shirt or a pillow? There are so many blank surfaces and vinyl choices out there you’re sure to find something to match her style!
What’s that font?
Make matching shirts for Mom and Dad!
How fun! You can make Mom and Dad matching shirts! Find the Free Father SVG here!
Make Mom a Personalized Tote Bag
Do you know a mom that loves personalized gifts? This Mother SVG would be adorable with names and birthdates added! The fonts I used on the tote bag are Bruttela Script for the names and Argyle Socks Thin for the dates.
Supplies I Used
- Vinyl Cutting Machine – I have the Cricut Explore Air 2
- Standard Grip Cutting Mat-these are my favorite!
- Weeding Tools
- Silicone Suction Cup Container for Vinyl Scraps
- Tape Measure
- Tote Bag-the bag I used is 100% cotton and came from Jiffy Shirts. I will be honest and tell you I’m not a fan of this particular bag. I have several colors of this bag that I have used for Halloween designs and had no problems. The black, orange and green ones are amazing. However, this bag color is Natural, and I couldn’t get the creases to release. Several of them arrived already creased, and I had to call for replacements. I searched on Amazon for similar bags, and several came up. This one looks like a great option. Full disclaimer here: I haven’t tested them myself, so I can’t tell you how the finished project will look using the bag I listed from Amazon. I will also leave the link here for the page I found the bag so that you can check out the others for yourself.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
- I used Black and Maroon Siser EasyWeed
- Pin Pen
- Heat Press -I have a Fancierstudio 15×15 heat press
- Teflon Sheet -I have mine on the top of the heat platen secured with magnets.
- Pressing Pillow -I didn’t mention it in the video, but it is under the tote bag when I press it with my heat press. This is a very important item when applying HTV to any product with your heat press.
First, so you know how big to make your design, you will need to measure your bag. My bag measured approximately 15″ wide by 15 1/2″ tall.
Use a square shape in Design Space to represent your tote bag.
Download your Free Mother SVG and unzip the folder. Upload the SVG file into Design Space and add it to your canvas. In Design Space, bring in a square shape and adjust it to the size of the project you are making. Be sure to note any seams you may want to avoid. Add that to the shape on your screen. Resize your design to fit the shape of your project. Use the ungroup and attach features to make cutting your vinyl easier. If you aren’t familiar with these features, you can watch a video tutorial on them here or scroll down on this page to watch the video tutorial for this project. Add names and dates with your font choice and resize them to fit your project.
Lay your HTV on your mat, shiny side down. Use a brayer to help adhere your vinyl to your mat. Then, cut with your vinyl cutting machine.
If you are new to weeding, the easiest way I’ve found to begin weeding is to stick the sharp point of your weeding tool through the top corner of the vinyl and curl it back towards you while holding the carrier sheet down so it splits apart. Typically, HTV is easier to weed than adhesive vinyl, but you still want to go slow while pulling your vinyl off your carrier sheet. I use a Pin Pen tool when I weed out the small parts of my vinyl. If you’ve never used one, I highly recommend it!
The font I used for the descriptive words in this mother design has a split going down the center of each letter, making it a bit more challenging when it came time to weed. However, I found it easier to go slow and cut sections of the vinyl after pulling it off the carrier sheet. It gave me more control over the vinyl release and allowed the thin parts in the letters to pull up easier.
Be sure to use a Teflon sheet
Heat press time and temp
Do a short prepress of the bag first. This helps remove any hidden moisture in your bag and helps to prep it for your vinyl. You should always follow the manufacturer’s recommended time and temperature for your HTV. For my project, I used Siser EasyWeed, which recommends 305 degrees for 10-15 seconds. Be sure to cover your project with your Teflon sheet before you press. My sheet is attached to the top of my heat press with magnets.
When you are applying multiple layers of vinyl, you want to lay down the first part of the design, line up where you want it on your project, then press that for about 8-10 seconds, just enough to heat the vinyl and allow it to release from the carrier sheet.
Take your time removing the carrier sheet
Remove the carrier sheet slowly while checking to ensure all the vinyl is released and is sticking to your project. Next, line up the second part of the design over the piece you just pressed, pull down your heat press arm and apply the full pressure and time needed to complete your project. Finally, open your heat press, remove the carrier sheet, and that’s it! You just made a beautiful gift for Mom!
Make a Personalized Tote Bag Video Tutorial
Watch the video
This video will show you how to add text to an SVG you’ve uploaded into Design Space. Then, create a personalized tote bag by adding names with an installed font from your computer. If you’re new to Design Space and a beginning Cricut crafter, this video will help you learn to attach your letters and elements for fewer steps and easier cutting with your vinyl cutting machine. Watch from Design Space to Heat Press and learn how to create a beautiful gift for Mom!
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